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A suburb with a village feel

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:48pm

Retaining its village feel while still only a stone’s throw from the bustling city, Douglas is a dynamic suburb with plenty of history and activity.

Formerly home to some of Cork city’s merchant princes, Douglas today is home to one of the fastest-growing populations in Ireland, with several popular residential hubs encircling a lively village centre.

Catering to areas including Donnybrook, Frankfield, Grange and Maryborough, Douglas is home to a number of popular schools and sports clubs, as well as restaurants, bars and public amenities.

Douglas is a prime shopping location for high street hounds, with the main street separating the Douglas Court and Douglas Village shopping centres, which boast a range of leading supermarket chains, fashion outlets and specialist stores.

In between the two centres you will find a five-screen cinema, while just a few minutes away are a cluster of luxury hotels perfect for anyone looking for some rest and recuperation.

The main street itself contains a host of restaurants and bars, with a range of cuisine on offer including Mediterranean, Italian, Indian and Mexican options. A buzzing spot for nightlife, Douglas has a number of bars within a few minutes’ walk of each other, each with a distinctly different vibe. Whether you fancy a quiet pint at the counter or a mad night on the dancefloor, Douglas has something for every kind of socialite.

Nearby, the five-acre Douglas Community Park and playground located in the heart of the town centre cater to kids, joggers and dog walkers alike. The recently refurbished Ballybrack Woods (Mangala) nearby also offers a fantastic outdoor walking experience for locals.

A hub of sporting prowess, Douglas is home to successful clubs like College Corinthians AFC, Douglas GAA and Douglas Hall, as well as sprawling sports complexes such as Nemo Rangers and Garryduff Sports Centre.

Douglas also has plenty to offer on the education front, with St Luke’s National School, St Columba’s National School, Douglas Community School, Scoil Bhríde Eglantine, Regina Mundi College, Gaelscoil na Dúglaise and St Francis College just some of the institutions servicing its growing population.

For foodies looking to spice up their life, Douglas Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2pm outside the Douglas Village Shopping Centre. The market offers a diverse range of cuisine, from Mexican burritos and stone-baked pizza to fresh vegetables and doggie treats. You’ll also find a range of cheeses, sauces, spices, breads and organic produce. With so much variety, Douglas is a thriving and growing suburb with plenty to do and see, and one which packs plenty of punch for its size!

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